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Posted: August 11, 2015

Columbia Valley RCMP Report

ssgtmarkoshehovacBy S/Sgt. Marko Shehovac

Hit and run solved

At 2:45 p.m. on August 6, Columbia Valley RCMP Detachment responded to a complaint of hit and run where a Ford Explorer parked at Sobey’s was struck by another vehicle. Witnesses were able to provide a plate of the suspect vehicle. The registered owner was contacted. The 79-year-old male from Windermere stated that he was unaware that he made contact with any vehicle. Damage was minimal. Accident report was provided to assist with any insurance claim.

Noisy employees bring police to resort

At midnight August 7, Detachment officers responded to a noise complaint at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. Two intoxicated females were identified as off duty employees of the resort. The resort was advised to have management deal with the employees.

Parking lot dinger

At 8:20 p.m. on August 7, police responded to a minor accident in the parking lot of Petro Canada in Radium Hot Springs. A parked 2012 Wrangler was struck when a 2011 Kenworth, driven by a 66-year-old male from High River, Alta. backed into the Wrangler causing minor damage. Both drivers exchanged information for their insurance company.

Golf clubs stolen at Panorama

At 8:48 p.m. on August 7, a set of Rac Iron Taylor #3 golf clubs was stolen from a Toyota Highlander that was parked in the underground parking lot at Tamarack Lodge at Panorama Mountain Resort. Anyone with information is requested to contact the Detachment.

Escape escapes

At 9:24 p.m. on August 8, a 2001 Ford Escape was located abandoned in the area of Gierlich Road and Kpokl Road. The registered owner was contacted and advised that the vehicle was sold to Kool Country Auto Wreckers for scrap. Police attended to speak with Ivan at Kool Country and had him stand and look at his vast empire and asked if anything was missing. “All In” Ivan (nick name at poker) realized that the Escape had made an escape. Sorry, had to do that. The vehicle was reunited with Kool Country.

Invermere DUI

At 9:57 p.m. on August 9, a 25-year-old male from Invermere was checked by police operating a 2014 Ford F150 pickup on 13th St. The male displayed signs of having consumed alcohol. An ASD demand was given resulting in a fail. Driver’s license was prohibited for 90 days and the vehicle impounded for 30 days.

Disturbance leads to resort eviction

At 2 a.m. on August 10, detachment officers responded to a disturbance at Copper Point Resort involving a 34-year-old male and 29-year-old female from Calgary. Both were evicted from the Resort.

Generator system vandalized

At 10:40 p.m. on August 10, the detachment received a complaint of vandalism done to a generator system located on Spring Creek Road at Panorama. Suspects had tampered with a dam along with pipes that supplied water to a generating system. As a result of information provided the investigation is continuing.

Quarterly report

Calls for service throughout the Columbia Valley from April to June (2015) was 815 compared to 631 in 2014 during the same time. Calls for service for the detachment from January of this year to the end of June; 1,361 compared to 1,180 for the same period last year. In each of the larger communities in the valley there has been an identified increase in calls for service.

Out of control

On August 9, Cst. Scott Myers was once again called upon due to his expertise with out of control cows.

One particular cow has caused Scott considerable grief this last year. It was reported that once again the leader of this pack attempted to make a break out but was spotted by CPR employees hoofing it down the tracks near Edgewater. On reviewing Cst. Myer’s police report he commented that his biggest fear was under the leadership of this particular problem cow he and 50 others were mobilizing with nothing good in mind.

Cst. Myers, realizing he was outnumbered, made an immediate call to Franz Feldman, alerting him to the breakout and requested he round up the detachment’s Windermere Valley Range Patrol volunteers to set up an ambush at the path. Range Patrol captured all 50. With the upcoming Range Patrol BBQ, Cst. Myers pointed to the ringleader and made a special request.


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